Carnival Victory Review

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Why Choose Carnival Victory?
  • Casual eats: deli, pizza, sushi
  • Entertainment from karaoke to production shows
  • Generously sized standard accommodations

Carnival Victory Overview

By Dan Askin, News Editor
We mean this in the nicest way: The 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory has a comfortable worn-in feel. The overall operation, much like the captain's daily weather and navigation briefings, comes off as effortless. In harmony with the gentle rocking of the ship, it's easy to fall into a sleepy rhythm.

As such, Carnival Victory serves as an excellent intro to Carnival Cruise Lines for the uninitiated -- and a quick escape for the line's aficionados.

As (modified) member of the Destiny-class of vessels, Carnival Victory has all the traditional Carnival accouterments: an exuberant main dining room and a two-deck Lido buffet complex; a bright, centrally located casino; a bar-line promenade; an impressive spa; a comprehensive Camp Carnival program for kids; a daily schedule of jocular activities; and more than enough places to drink and socialize.

The ship also features a few contemporary touches, including a sushi bar and drive-in style poolside movie screen.

It's admirable that no one tries too hard to please -- from the tabletop dancing dining room waiters, to the dryly sarcastic blackjack dealers, to the amiable bartenders who call you "chief" or "boss." Most of the nearly 2,800 passengers give the impression of being quite content with this, and why wouldn't they? There's no pressure placed on the ship to be anything that it's not, and the guests feed off this.

For a Carnival first-timer, it's also relevant to note that while Carnival has, in the past, been pigeonholed as the slack-jawed, party line (perhaps the line itself is guilty of emphasizing this rep with its own "Fun Ship" distinction), in reality it offers a more impressive range of options than it's given credit for.

But ultimately, you get a week of evenhanded leisure at a decent price. It's like a comfortable dream, of which you remember little more than a general feeling of well being.

Carnival Victory Fellow Passengers

Carnival attracts an outgoing set of North American couples, families and multigenerational groups. The average passenger age is in the 40's. Expect an influx of families in the summer and over school holidays.

Carnival Victory Dress Code

During the day, beachy or port-specific attire is the norm. Carnival's evening dress code is typically "cruise casual," but on one night during the voyage "cruise elegant" eveningwear is suggested. On cruise casual nights, the line recommends sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), long dress shorts and collared sport shirts for men, and casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, capri pants, dress shorts and jeans (no cut-offs) for women. Cruise elegant dress means dress slacks, dress shirts and sport coats (suggested not required) for men and cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses for women. On elegant nights, passengers may choose to dress more formally in suits and ties, tuxedos or evening gowns.

Carnival Victory Gratuity

Carnival recommends $12.00 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $6.10 to dining room services, $3.90 to cabin services and $2 per day for alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but it can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff. Note: On sailings departing September 1, 2016, or later, gratuities will increase to $12.95 per person, per day ($13.95 for those in suites).
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Carnival Victory Editor Ratings

  • Dining
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.0
  • Cabins
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    1.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    5.0

Ship Facts

Ship Stats
Crew:  1,100
Launched:  2000
Decks:  13
Tonnage:  102,000
Passengers:  2,758
Registry:  Panama
CDC Score:  99
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Denise1983
Member Since 2016
1 review
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1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Stay away! Victory is very dirty, we had an injury on half moon cay on the aquatic play park due to poor maint. Infirmary was not open during the advertised hours. Employees referred to themselves as slave labor, couldn't even find a clean ... Read more
Seattle2
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I am not a huge fan of Carnival in general, and the 4-day cruise in particular is best suited to those looking for a loud party boat for a short getaway. But, I LOVE the Carnival Live concert setup, and was thrilled to see my favorite ... Read more
Michaelene
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We booked this for the Journey concert, but still were looking forward to the cruise. Never did Carnival before & my husband says never again, sigh. . Mainly... it says fun ship, translate: loud & no quiet comfortable places to ... Read more

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